Affordable. Effective. Safe.

Laser technology is most commonly used in tattoo removal. Using a laser helps ensure:

  • Safe lightening of tattoos with a low risk of side effects, such as burning or scarring of skin
  • Efficient removal or lightening of tattoo ink with the fewest amount of treatments
  • Removal of all tattoo inks—from dark tones to bright colors
  • Treatments that fit every individual’s unique skin type

Laser tattoo removal generally does not require anesthesia. Our team uses laser technology to lighten tattoo ink with minimal pain or discomfort, and with results that exceed alternative or do-it-yourself tattoo-removal methods.

Lasers have improved our ability to treat skin conditions and improve the appearance of the skin. We offer the latest technology in laser treatments, including skin resurfacing, skin tightening, tattoo removal, hair removal, and reduction of excessive sweating.

All laser treatments are performed by a highly qualified staff member. Unlike many other “laser centers” that do not have an onsite supervising physician, at Coachlight your comfort and safety are of the utmost importance.

Please call our office at 515.221.4905 for a complimentary tattoo consultation. Our providers will discuss the process with you and answer any of your questions. We will also provide you with a quote for the cost of your laser tattoo removal treatments!

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Laser Tattoo Removal Using the Q-Plus C Quanta®

Coachlight is one of the only practices in Iowa to offer laser tattoo removal, and we have one of the busiest laser tattoo clinics in the Midwest. In a recent study, it is estimated that 15% of adults have tattoos. It is estimated that 50% of those receiving tattoos will want to have them removed within 10 years of application. Coachlight offers tattoo removal with the Q-Plus C Quanta Laser®.

Q-Plus C Quanta Laser is considered the Gold Standard in laser tattoo removal. It is the highest-performance Q-switched laser on the market and it is the only one of its kind in Des Moines. It is the ONLY true three-wavelength Q-switched system.

This laser delivers light of specific wavelengths in ultra-short, very high peak energy pulses which are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo and result in an acoustic shockwave. The shockwave shatters the pigment particles causing them to break into fragments small enough for removal by the body. These tiny particles are then eliminated by the body.

Mixed wavelengths allow for the treatment of multiple ink colors. These three wavelengths (Nd: YAG 1064nm for dark blue and black ink, 532nm for red, orange, yellow, and purple ink, & Ruby 694nm for blue, sky blue, black, green, and violet ink) achieve the highest possible power, producing remarkable results.

The addition of the 694nm ruby laser to the Q-Plus C platform allows us to treat the blues and greens which are resistant to other Nd: YAG lasers.

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

We are the first and only clinic in Des Moines to purchase the Q-Plus C Series laser tattoo machine. This allows our customers more convenience when scheduling appointments. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience, not the convenience of the laser rental company.

Treatments are faster, less painful, and more effective with fewer treatments. We have done our research and have invested in a proven technology that works. We are one of the busiest laser tattoo companies in the Midwest. Our technicians are qualified laser technicians and have many years of experience.

For laser tattoo removal, the number of treatments needed depends on the tattoo’s depth, color, and ink composition. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue are colors that typically respond more quickly to treatments. Green, purple, yellow, light orange, white, and light blue colors respond more slowly and may require more treatments. Treatments are recommended every 4-8 weeks.

To remove the tattoo, the Q-Plus C delivers high-intensity light pulses at nanoseconds (one-thousandth of a second) and bursts the tattoo ink into many fragmented pieces that are harmlessly eliminated by the body. The tattoo ink selectively absorbs the light without damaging the normal surrounding skin tissue in the process.

You may experience a mild discomfort similar to a rubber band snap during the procedure. Most patients do not require any form of numbing cream or injection. The Q-Plus C at Coachlight is very fast, which alleviates a majority of the discomfort. Numbing cream and injections of local anesthesia are available for those who need it.

Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced at 4 to 6 weeks apart. Some tattoos will require more than 10 treatment sessions. There are many variables that influence the success of laser tattoo removal. The depth, color, and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on the body, are all determining factors in how quickly the tattoo can be removed.

Most amateur “street tattoos” and traumatic tattoos are removed with fewer treatments. It is best to ask staff for a more accurate estimate of your treatment course after a complimentary tattoo consultation, which will allow for evaluation of the tattoo.

Each treatment lasts a few minutes depending on the size of the tattoo and the colors involved. An initial consultation is required, but we often do treatments the same day as a consultation to save you time.

Many tattoo artists encourage customers to receive a minimum number of laser treatments to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This will dramatically reduce any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one.

In some cases, a minimum of 2-4 treatments is all that’s required to lighten an existing tattoo. It does depend on the colors in the existing tattoo. If there are colors in the existing tattoo that will not fade as well as others, more treatments may be needed.

The price of laser tattoo removal treatments depends on a number of factors. The size, age, location, and pigment makeup of a tattoo affects the overall cost of removal, as does the number of treatment sessions required.

Laser Tattoo Removal Cancellation Policy

A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of scheduling a Laser Tattoo Removal Appointment. If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment or cancel the appointment less than 48 hours prior, you will NOT be refunded your $50 deposit, nor will it be used toward ANY future treatments.

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At Coachlight, we offer a full line of laser services using the latest in laser technology. These treatments are performed under the direct supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon.

We understand that not all patients desire cosmetic surgery, so we offer a wide scope of laser services within Coachlight. This allows experienced staff to select the most appropriate and effective treatment for each and every patient.

For a complete evaluation and a thorough discussion of laser tattoo removal, Des Moines patients can call Coachlight at 515.221.4905 to arrange a complimentary cosmetic consultation.

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